On Friday 29 July a topping out ceremony took place at a brand new £10 million care and dementia home at the site of the former Bingley hospital near Bradford. The new home has been built for the Abbeyfield Society, and now consists of 49 one and two-bedroom apartments, a dementia wing with 30 rooms for the care of residents and a community hub.
The 84,000 sq ft development on Fernbank Drive, Bingley, will cover seven floors and feature communal facilities for residents such as a restaurant and lounge, hair and beauty salon, laundry, treatment rooms and a kiosk. There will also be a kitchen and extensive landscaping including secure ‘sensory’ gardens and roof terraces for residents and visitors.
The key-note guest at the event was Lord Patel of Bradford who is currently University Director of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of East London. Prior to this, Lord Patel was the Chairman of the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Lord Patel was awarded an OBE in 1999 and elevated to a Labour Life Peerage in 2006.
Richard Virr, Director of Development at the Abbeyfield Society, said: “We are delighted that this much needed project is progressing and has reached this key milestone. This prestigious and specialist state of the art development will benefit older people and people living with dementia in the Bingley and surrounding areas and we look forward to working with Bardsley Construction Limited, the design team, as well as our funders and stakeholders, to complete the build in the next few months”.
The Abbeyfield Society was established in 1956 as a charity whose patron is Prince Charles. The charity provides housing and residential care and support to older people. The organisation has over 600 homes and houses in the UK and overseas, in which staff and 4,000 volunteers support 8,000 older people living in a family-like atmosphere.